In Fuquay-Varina, folks with a sweet tooth will find a new treat in Cup Cake Bite, a cupcake shop at 512 Broad St.
Owner Gina Pettaris took a leap of faith. She once worked in advertising and has been operating a home cupcake business for the past few years. She opened her retail store last month.
The shop makes cupcakes, cakes and other dessert items such as cake pops (which are exactly what you think ... cake on a stick).
Pettaris has committed to making her products using all-natural ingredients with no preservatives, dairy products that are free of hormones and vegetable-based food colorings that don't use synthetic dyes.
"It's an important part of how I live and how I feed my family," Pettaris said. "I just kind of think I won't feed it to my customers if I won't feed it to my family."
Cup Cake Bite sells cupcakes for $2.50 each, with discounts for higher-volume orders. Flavors range from cookies and cream to blondie. There are flavors of the week, such as French toast and dulce de leche.
At Plantation Point, the BJ's center off Capital Boulevard in North Raleigh, Big Lots is taking the former Circuit City building and will open in April. Also, Skyy Stylists Studios opened last month, Cricket Wireless opened this week and Rising Sun Pools will open in February.
In a sign of the still-tough economic times, there are a number of closures to report:
In Raleigh, the 2nd City Grill in the shopping center at Lake Boone Trail and Wycliff Road has closed. Kathy Decker of York Properties said the owners stopped paying rent, so the landlord took possession of the space.
In downtown Raleigh, The Brass Grill at 210 S. Wilmington St. has closed, according to a sign on the door "due to unforeseen circumstances." Neither the business owner nor the landlord could be reached.
In Holly Springs Il Forno Italian Grill at 428 Village Walk Drive has closed.
In Cary, the Hallmark store in Millpond Village at 3470 Kildaire Farm Road is closing in the next few weeks.
The Food Lion at 2978 Kildaire Farm Road in Cary is closing. The company says technically the store is being relocated. Its replacement store at 8745 Holly Springs Road opened this week.
Other items: Jake's Wayback Burgers has opened at 4104 Surles Court, Durham. ... Liberty Tax moved from 6308 Falls of Neuse Road down the street to Falls Village at 6675 Falls of Neuse Road. ... In Chapel Hill, LIGHT Art+Design studio has opened at 601 W. Rosemary St. It is owned by Cindy Spuria, of interior design firm Sitzer Spuria Studios. ... After the purchase of website paperbuzz.com last year, Frances King Stationery in Raleigh's North Hills has changed its name to Paperbuzz. ... Also in Raleigh, Queen Nails is under new ownership and open Sundays in the Quail Ridge shopping center at Millbrook and Falls of Neuse roads.